Sports Hockey

NHL labour timeline 0

QMI Agency

July 13

The NHL reportedly proposed to the NHLPA to reduce the player's share of hockey-related revenues to 46% from 57%; that players spend 10 seasons in the league before hitting unrestricted free agency; that contracts are limited to five years; that salary arbitration is abolished; and that entry-level contracts become five years instead of three.

Aug. 14

NHLPA table what executive director Donald Fehr called an "alternative view" a month after the NHL made their initial proposal.

Aug. 15

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says both sides "are far apart and have different views of the world and the issues."

Aug. 15-16

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr met with players for two days in Chicago, before heading to Kelowna, B.C. and Toronto for further updates.

Aug. 22-23

Two days of talks between the NHL and players in Toronto ended with no tangible results, while both sides refused to come close to an agreement over "fundamental economic issues."

Aug. 24

Donald Fehr meets with a group of about 30 players in Toronto to update them on the status of negotiations and get their input.

Aug. 28

NHL reportedly proposed a six-year deal that starts at 51.6% of revenues for players that shrinks and rounds out to 50-50 by the final season.

Aug. 29

"Hockey-related revenue" was the key talking point in the negotiations between the NHL and players, although talks did not progress much.

Sept. 1

Talks between the NHL and NHLPA broke off in New York, with both sides saying they were nowhere near a new labour agreement.

Sept. 5

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly broke bread with NHLPA assistant Steven Fehr to talk about how negotiations were going.

Sept. 7

Gary Bettman and Bill Daly hosted "informal" talks with Donald Fehr and his brother Steve, his top assistant.

Sept. 10

NHLPA reps in Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary go to provincial labour boards in Alberta and Quebec to challenge the NHL's right to inflict a lockout on them.

Sept. 12

The NHLPA makes a new offer to the NHL.

Sept. 12-13

The NHLPA has player meetings in New York on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss where they are in labour negotiations.

Sept. 13

Bettman calls the league's board of governors to New York to re-affirm his support for a player lockout.

Sept. 16

NHL lockout of their players would be in effect, putting upcoming training camps in jeopardy.


Featured Businesses

Go to the Marketplace »